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Russia expands use of DigitalGlobe imagery

Longmont, US: DigitalGlobe announced that it will significantly expand delivery of high-resolution imagery to Roslesinforg, a division of the Federal Forestry Agency of Russia.

Forested regions account for approximately half of Russia’s land mass. In total, they are equivalent in size to the entire land mass of the US, and represent about 22 percent of the world’s forests.

In 2011, Roslesinforg selected Sovzond, DigitalGlobe’s Platinum Reseller in Russia, for the supply of satellite imagery to better manage key forestry regions across the Russian Federation.

The new contract, signed by Sovzond this month, more than doubles the amount of imagery to be delivered and greatly increases the regions covered to help the agency protect against illegal logging and manage urban development.

“We are uniquely positioned to address the challenge of monitoring change across exceptionally large areas,” said Andrea Bersan, international vice president at DigitalGlobe. “Using the superior collection capacity and short cycle revisit capabilities of our three-satellite constellation, Roslesinforg will soon be able to access vital information across every square kilometer of forest in the country, helping their experts gain on-demand insight for planning, protection and management.”

DigitalGlobe has worked with Sovzond for more than six years, leveraging Sovzond’s regional expertise to deliver higher-value geospatial intelligence solutions to government and commercial customers throughout Russia.

“For many years DigitalGlobe has been a key enabler of our competitive advantage and growth, and we look forward to building on our success with this latest expansion,” said Michael Bolsunovsky, executive director at Sovzond. “DigitalGlobe has consistently shown excellent performance, enabled by the most advanced constellation, the best ground infrastructure, and the largest archive of any commercial provider. In our first engagement with Roslesinforg, these superior capabilities enabled us to cover 94 percent of the required territory with less than 15 percent cloud cover.”

Source: DigitalGlobe